Towada Shrine, located on the Nakayama Peninsula jutting out into Lake Towada, is an ancient shrine said to have been founded by Tamuramaro Sakagami in 807. After passing through the cedar grove approach to the shrine and going up the stairs, you will see the majestic main shrine and worship hall, creating a tranquil atmosphere. The shrine is known as one of the best power spots in Tohoku, where you can feel the mystical energy.
Towada Shrine was once one of the two most sacred places in Japan, along with Osorezan, and flourished as a place for ascetic practices. It is said that until the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism in the Meiji era (1868-1912), the shrine was a symbol of the water god beliefs of the Tohoku region. Legend has it that a monk fought the legendary serpent of Lake Towada and won, transforming himself into a dragon and being enshrined as Seiryu Daigongen.
A fortune-telling site is located at the back of the shrine, down a cliff with an iron ladder, and is worshipped as a place to tell fortunes. It is said that if you throw a piece of paper called "Oyori-gami," which is given to you at Towada Shrine, into the lake and sink it, you will be granted a great wish. The ladder leading down to the fortune-telling site is currently closed to traffic, so you can perform fortune-telling on the Omaega-hama beach in front of the Statue of the Maiden, or in the bath or sink at home. Please try your luck.
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